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Shelver - PT (20 hrs week) - Mobile Services - Main Library



Internal Classification: 

Shelver (FLSA non-exempt)

Primary Location: 

Mobile Services – Main   Library


Part-time (20 hours/week)

Starting Hourly Rate:


Posted on March 12, 2019.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on March 23, 2019. 

Make the smart choice by exploring opportunities with the Stark Library!

The Stark Library seeks an outgoing, customer service oriented individual to fill an opportunity as a Shelver in Mobile Services at Main Library. We are looking for candidates who have a high degree of flexibility in their schedules and ability to work certain hours as deemed critical to the optimal flow of materials within the department. Candidates should also demonstrate an appreciation for our mission, as well as the importance of keeping our library patrons as a top priority.  

If you have a high degree of availability and flexibility as well as a passion for customer service in a library environment, please go to Stark Library website - - for more information and to complete an employment application.  Go to “Contact” and then “Employment” for access to our on-line application.  

Position Description

An employee serving in this position advances the mission of the Library by performing manual and clerical duties in a library. Employees in this classification are closely supervised and primarily responsible for shelving all aspects of the collection in either alphabetical or numerical order, replacing misplaced books, refreshing displays and performing other related tasks.  Shelvers are accountable to a Library Manager or other employee serving as a shift-supervisor. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscally responsible activity;
  • Demonstrates commitment to STAR (service, trust, adaptability, and respect) values in all interactions with customers, community residents, and colleagues;
  • Sorts, shelves, and files various library materials accurately according to library classification systems (alphabetic, numeric, and alphanumeric);
  • Reads shelves for accuracy and re-shelves misplaced items;
  • Unpacks and packs boxes of books and other library materials;
  • Performs routine support tasks;
  • Maintains the neat and orderly appearance of work and public areas;
  • Locates and retrieves library materials from public and non-public areas for library staff or library users;
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance;
  • Works a flexible schedule including nights and weekends;
  • May use computerized library system equipment to perform assigned tasks; and
  • This position may require the performance of other essential functions depending upon work location, assignment, or shift. 

Selection Factors

Knowledge of:

  • Alphabetical and numerical order.

Ability to:

  • Demonstrate technology proficiency at the basic level;
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance, observing a flexible schedule including nights and weekends as assigned;
  • Learn the Dewey Decimal System in an on-the-job training setting;
  • Learn to use designated functions of the library computer system to perform assigned tasks;
  • Sort and file alphabetically and numerically;
  • Communicate effectively with the public and other employees;
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions in the English language;
  • Learn job-related material primarily through oral instruction and observation, which takes place mainly in an on-the-job setting;
  • Organize, prioritize, and pace duties and tasks for up to an eight-hour shift;
  • Work cooperatively with other staff members and the general public; and
  • Adapt to changing work priorities.

Minimum Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to read and the ability to file or learn to file alphabetically and numerically.  At least 16 years old, and the ability to obtain a work permit if required.

Physical Requirements

  • The library environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices, which includes the need for general safe workplace practices with office equipment and computers, avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations;
  • Lift light objects (less than 20 pounds) and carry them short distances (20 feet or less);
  • Remain in a standing position for extended periods of time while performing a variety of tasks;
  • Perform repetitive hand, arm, and body movements, including lifting books on a continuous basis for up to an eight-hour shift;
  • Push a fully loaded book cart in and around the library, including long distances (greater than 20 feet); and
  • Reach overhead, bend and kneel to shelve books weighing up to three pounds.

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by an individual working in this job.  Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. 

About the Stark Library

Stark Library serves over 105,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.4 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio.  Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 170,000 attendees and provides 260,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.  The system consists of ten branches, including our main library, as well as a mobile services department.


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